Carvin Johnson sixth UM player to leave

Updated: November 1, 2011, 10:23 PM ET
By Michael Rothstein | WolverineNation

ANN ARBOR, Mich. -- Michigan has lost its second defensive back in as many weeks.

Sophomore safety Carvin Johnson, who started three games last season as a hybrid linebacker, has left the Wolverines, a football spokesman confirmed.

Johnson is the biggest impact player to leave the Wolverines (No. 15 BCS, No. 13 AP) since the season began. The Metairie, La., native played in all eight games this season for Michigan, including assisting on a tackle Saturday against Purdue.

He had 14 tackles this season, including a career-high five as a safety against Northwestern on Oct. 8. He leaves Michigan with 32 career tackles and one interception.

Johnson is the sixth player to leave the Wolverines since the beginning of the season, joining wide receiver Je'Ron Stokes, tight end Chris Barnett, offensive lineman Tony Posada, linebacker Kellen Jones and cornerback Gregg Brown.

Brown left the team last week.

An email sent to Johnson's Michigan email account seeking comment was not immediately returned Tuesday evening.

Michael Rothstein covers University of Michigan sports for WolverineNation. He can be reached at michaelrothsteinespn@gmail.com or on Twitter @mikerothstein.

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